Published on May 13th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams
Rocksucker was struck by the sheer arsekickingness of “Off & On”, the sleazy and dynamic recent single from Manchester rockers Findlay, so we caught up with singer/songwriter Natalie Findlay for a quick phone chat about their plans for the year (in a musical/professional sense, that is, as opposed to a “going anywhere nice this summer?” sort of thing)…
How did your Miles Kane support show go the other night?
It was really good. I was a bit wary of being in the North East because I’ve not spent much time there, but the gig was good fun and they’re a great bunch of guys.
Congratulations on getting added to the Reading/Leeds line-up. Do you know yet if you’ll get the time to enjoy the festivals, and if so are there any other acts you’re particularly looking forward to seeing?
I think we’re probably playing the same day as Deap Vally who we gigged with last summer. We had a good time so hopefully we’ll get to see them. I really want to see Tame Impala as well as I keep missing them. Can’t remember who else is playing!
Is there a full album in the works?
I’m working on that now. I’ve got loads of songs but I’m always trying to better what’s there, which is a good way to work but can be frustrating at times. But definitely working towards an album now.
What are you using to record, and who are you recording it with?
My friends have a studio in west London with some really good amps and stuff there. I pretty much recorded everything there in a couple of days, no messing about.
What is Steve Lamacq like in person? It must be weird hearing his voice not coming from a radio…
Yeah it was really weird but he’s so nice so I wasn’t too worried! He made lots of tea and looked after me.
I think it’s time we do the right thing and put Madonna down #metball
— FINDLAY (@FindlayMusic) May 7, 2013
Why do you think Madonna should be put down? For the record, I agree with you.
Just for that horrible outfit she wore recently!
I was just offended by the exceptionally bad album she released last year. I’ve not seen the outfit.
Don’t put yourself through it!
Did Jake Bugg ever make it up to you for one of his fans punching you?
Yeah, he did. We’re going to open Ibiza Rocks with him, which is pretty amazing so I’ll consider that payback!
I know you’re a fan of Iggy and The Stooges. Have you heard their new album yet?
Not yet, but my cat’s called Iggy!
Good answer. You’re playing Secret Garden Party as well this summer. Have you been there before? It’s a cracking little festival.
I haven’t but I’ve heard it’s crazy and I like weird festivals like that. My favourite festival that I’ve been to is probably Latitude – the setting’s amazing, you can get some rest there – and I’ve heard the same things about Secret Garden Party so I’m looking forward to that.
Finally, as you’re from Manchester, I have to ask: City, United or neither?
City (laughs). I’m not really a huge football fan, just support who my family supports, but I’ve started a lot of Twitter arguments about it so I shouldn’t get too into it!
Natalie Findlay, thank you.
Off & On EP is out now on P Records.
For more information, please visit the official Findlay website.